Buyback of Land
If the government was serious about "saving the Daintree" and
genuinely green then they could commit to buying back all land in
the Daintree and pay residents realistic money to relocate to a
similar property elsewhere in Australia.
Years ago they bought back vacant land reaching about one third
of properties but now they leave it to private organisations to
beg and con the public in to giving tax deductable donations.
While the basic idea of buyback to save the rain forest sounds
romantic and noble, for the Daintree community it means that with
every block that is bought back there is one household less for
the community to share costs or eligibility for infrastructure and
Every community needs basic services and facilities such as school,
clinic, electricity, telecommunications and garbage collecction
and then the government looks at how many properties can share the
costs for this, and with less occupied properties a lot of things
become financially unviable.
There are individuals and organisations out there that will not
be happy until they have bought up the entire Daintree and closed
all roads, from time to time they celebrate the closure of roads
and state they are looking forward to closing more.
A few years ago when progress was made towards a power solution
for the Daintree you would think that the greens would be happy
to hear that the pollution from the diesel generators might be a
thing of the past but no, they were not happy at all, they were
worried land prices might go back to realistic level which would
be inconvenient for their buyback plans.
They run Facebook pages where they repeatedly make false claims
about development in the Daintree as below, spreading false rumours
that there are plans to build power stations, bridges and roads,
and ask people to sign petitions and send money.
1 May: Kelvin
Davies publishes a rubbish article Sparks fly, which confirms
the Conspiracy Theory that all the denial of basic services is about
keeping land cheap for the never ending buyback.
And now in 2018 there is unprecedented commitment
from federal government to make the Daintree a genuine eco-tourism
destination and replace the hundreds of generators with a cleaner
greener grid, but some of the local ultragreens are still against
it, citing fears of overdevelopment (planning scheme and buyback
have removed that threat already) so clearly their main concern
is that it could be incovenient for the never ending buyback if
land prices move from peanuts to realistic level.
Celebrating the closure of a road after another block was bought
It is no wonder that people in the Daintree feel like
they are not wanted and there is a conspiracy to drive them out,
when the people who obstruct their basic infrastructure are doing
this for the purpose of being able to buy up land for peanuts and
celebrating the achievement of closing roads....
pic to read full article
The other side of the buyback story
Besides numerous pages spreading lies there is also
a Facebook page that tells the other side of the story;
Truths Australia. Here you can read about dodgy dealings,
corruption and fraud in the buyback business.
So after this fraud was discovered they quickly changed
the name ,read
the above article here online.
And what to think about this testimony from an ex-Daintree
We sold our property lot 186 Cedar rd, back to buy
back, signed an environmental covenant to be saved. Then found out
the property was sold on to a tissue company in America. The environmental
covenants unless national park or wet tropics mean nothing. We had
the an EPA solicitor defenders office supporting us. Got no where
as the title was freehold. It is very a corrupt system. We had a
house at lot 188 Blodwood rd.Cow Bay. Sold up and went back to the
Atherton Tablelands Malanda. We were in Cow Bay nearly 20 yrs.